Midgrade materials + premium craftsmanship = great value!
Really pleased with the sound of these in our 2000 VW Golf. They need more power than a head unit can give them to really shine, but are actually pretty efficient and would likely exceed most folks expectations on a 22-watt RMS Head Unit (specified b/c that's what my unit is rated). Feature a very nice but neutral sound but appropriate mid-bass snap. If your head unit allows you to high pass the channels these are on- set it at 40-60Hz and you can save yourself some power and keep these things well fed on the H/U The tweeters are excellent- among the best I've ever heard. The crossover has versatile settings and is small enough to not be cumbersome to install. Great value, very precise speaker that is accurate and never taints the music with its own personality. Just accurate and nice over a divers spectrum of music styles. I'm an audiophile- have been for years. I have Diamond Audio Hex and the old M5 gear in my 350z with old Steve Mantz amps, Dynaudio 362 with a Diamond Audio MacDaddy 12 in RX8 with McIntosh amps fed by a quad burr brown DAC based processor (optical connections from all until we get to the amps), & have put together systems for all my friends and family (of all budgets) for years. In comparison to the vehicles referenced above I'd put the Focals right ahead of the Diamond Audio gear because the tweeter is much nicer and smoother for longer periods - less listening fatigue. My only beef is that woofer isn't quite as ?hardy? as I'd like to see.
Pros: Sounds better than most things twice its price. Efficient. Can play anything well. Very smooth tweeter, not harsh no matter what I throw at them, from Foo Fighters (IMHO very busy tracks that kind of turn to harshness with most systems) to Stevie Wonder & even Adele. Just right, never irritating. Phase plug seems to actually help keep soundstage elevated and keeps sounds like the meat of snare pop from getting lost. Woofer excels at transitions that leave other drivers sounding like mud.
Cons: The woofer basket is plastic and pretty flex-y, so I wonder how well these will age in the heat of a car. Also, make sure you keep them very flat when mounting- spec is so tight that the easily warping basket could cause premature failure if not flat/level and secure. Really needs a small amp to shine, but best quality and efficiency you'll find if you're limited to H/U power. Tweeter surface mounts aren't very good, while the flush mount seems nice.